More than $200,000 in fines for hiring unlicensed contractor

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A Windsor industrial services company, and one of its supervisors will pay out more than $200,000 after an accident involving an unlicensed employee doing electrical work.

ThyssenKrupp Industrial Services Canada Inc. was convicted in court of violating The Electricity Act by hiring an unlicensed individual to do electrical work.  A fine of $70,000 was imposed which included $50,000 provided by ThyssenKrupp to The Electrical Safety Authority to be used for education about electrical safety.

On February 25, 2009, the worker was doing electrical upgrades at the company's warehouse and sustained serious electrical burns when a bare conductor touched the side of the electrical panel, causing an arc flash. A Ministry of Labour investigation found that the electrical panel was not disconnected from the power source, locked out or tagged before the work started.

The company and a supervisor were found guilty of failing to ensure that the electrical panel was disconnected, locked out and tagged prior to work being done on it and were fined a combined total of $171,000

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